Obama urged to demand release of Afridi from Pak
Washington: A key US lawmaker has asked President Barack Obama to demand from Islamabad the release of Shakil Afridi, a Pakistani physician who has been sentenced 33 years into prison on treason charges for helping CIA in tracing whereabouts of Osama bin Laden.
"President Obama should demand, as a condition of future financial assistance, that the Pakistani government grant Dr Afridi an unconditional pardon and release him without delay," said Congressman Tom Rooney, a member of the House Armed Services and Intelligence Committees.
He said he was outraged that the Pakistani government, a supposed US ally, would try Dr Afridi for heroically assisting in the search for Osama bin Laden.
"Dr Afridi had the courage to step up and help us track bin Laden and bring him to justice, while the Pakistani government did little to assist in the search for the world`s most wanted terrorist," Rooney said.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Jamaat-e-Islami chief announces Rs 100 cr reward for PM Modi's arrest
- Zee Media exclusive interview with victim of Uber molestation
- Maggi samples found unsafe: Delhi government
- DNA: Analysis of Vijay Mallya's 'fund transfer formula'
- IMD forecasts 'deficient' Monsoon, drought-like conditions expected
- Was asked to call Sunanda Pushkar’s death `natural`: AIIMS doctor
- Maggi row: Delhi registers case against Nestle, Kerala withdraws stock from govt stores
- Rahul Gandhi hails BR Ambedkar, takes potshot at Modi-led NDA govt over IIT Madras row
- From being the ‘Dabangg’ girl to ‘Akira’ - Sonakshi Sinha’s journey so far
- China ship carrying 458 on board sinks in Yangtze River: Five dead, hundreds missing